When I recently noticed earthquakes listed day after day for the Halmahera region (northeastern part of Indonesia) I got my typical ‘how-come?’ feeling. So I went looking for a reason, and I read that an earthquake swarm had begun in the Jailolo region on Sept. 27, 2017. Although it has diminished by now, there are still quakes coming. Continue Reading
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A volcano erupting in Indonesia is not something that would normally cause too great a flurry, so what is the hype with Gunung Agung? Naturally, people remember well its last eruption which lasted almost a year, was very explosive and, sadly, claimed ~2000 lives. Additionally, this time after official reports about unrest began, there were Continue Reading
Sometimes I browse satellite images on WorldView to see what “my” volcanoes are up to. The other day I noticed a thermal anomaly on “Medvezhia”, Iturup Island, Kuriles. So I went back to look at every day of May and found that a red spot had shown on eight days in May, sometimes two spots, practically on most days the mountain wasn’t covered in thick clouds. Could that be a glowing hot lava dome, degassing, with an eruption to come, or a small one going on already? Continue Reading
The lovely smell might change for a more sulfurous one – at least if recent forecasts of volcanic gas emissions or even an eruption of Banda Api come true… Continue Reading